Where Did “Tansan” Come From? (Answers)
CROWN CAP – In the Philippines, all the crown caps in our drinks are called “Tansan” in Tagalog. But, what exactly is the origins of the word?
The humble bottle cap we’ve collected as kids to use as percussion instruments during Christmas carols was called “Tansan”. The word actually came from Japan in the form of a carbonated water drink dating back to the early 1900s.
On Instagram, Campfire Media told the story of the bottle cap and why they became popular in the Philippines. According to the Instagram account, it was the Japanese who first introduced the concept to the Philippines.
The product arrived from Japan to the Philippines in 1920 via the Swiss trading firm Lutz & Zuellig. Furthermore, the drink became so popular that everybody started calling the bottle caps by its name.
However, this isn’t the first time Filipinos called things as they are now due to historical popularity. For example, we used to call taking a picture “Pa Kodak” because Kodak was the most popular brand for photography.
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